Navigating the Course Transition Process for Your RTO: A 2024 Update Leave a comment


In the dynamic world of vocational education and training, Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) face the ongoing challenge of keeping their course offerings up-to-date and aligned with industry standards. With numerous courses being superseded each year, it’s crucial for RTOs to understand and efficiently manage the transition process to new courses. 

Understanding Transition

Transition refers to shifting active students from outdated training packages to current ones. This process is essential for RTOs to comply with the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (SRTOs 2015, clauses 1.26 and 1.27. These standards mandate RTOs to use the most current version of a training package, except during a transition period.

The Transition Period

A transition period is typically 12 months if a training product is superseded and 24 months if deleted on However, due to ongoing changes and updates, it’s vital for RTOs to stay informed about specific transition periods for different courses.

Key Steps for a Successful Transition

Review New Package Information:

  • Check mapping information on
  • Determine if a course addition to scope application is needed.

Team Meeting and Project Planning:

  • Discuss updates to instructional design, compliance, training, sales, marketing, and administration.
  • Develop a project plan including action items, required resources, responsible persons, and timeframes.

Implementing Transition:

  • Identify students needing transition.
  • Communicate the process to students and staff.
  • Enroll students in new courses, considering credit transfers and generating new training plans.

Documentation and Record-Keeping:

  • Keep meeting minutes and use a transition plan checklist or form for record-keeping.
  • For funded RTOs, ensure the enrolment in the superseded course is linked to the current course to avoid consuming an additional funded place.

New Challenges in 2024

As we move further into 2024, RTOs must be particularly vigilant about changes in training packages and industry requirements. The landscape of vocational training is rapidly evolving, with a significant push towards digitalization and new methodologies in training delivery.

Free Transition Checklist

To support RTOs in this process, we’re offering a Free Transition Checklist. This resource is designed to help you manage the transition efficiently and ensure no details are overlooked. 

👉 Access the Free Transition Checklist here 


Staying ahead in the transition process is not just about compliance; it’s about ensuring that your RTO continues to offer relevant, high-quality training that meets both industry and regulatory standards. By following a structured approach and keeping abreast of updates, RTOs can navigate transitions smoothly, ensuring minimal disruption to students and maintaining the integrity of their educational offerings. 

Remember, the key to successful transition management is proactive planning, clear communication, and thorough documentation. Embrace these changes as opportunities to enhance your RTO’s offerings and stay competitive in the ever-evolving VET sector. 

Q1: What does ‘transition’ mean in the context of RTOs? 

A1: Transition in RTOs refers to the process of moving students from outdated training packages to the most current versions. This is essential to comply with the Standards for Registered Training Organisations, ensuring that the training is up-to-date and aligned with industry standards. 

Q2: How long is the typical transition period for a training product? 

A2: Typically, the transition period is 12 months if a training product is superseded and 24 months if it is deleted, as listed on However, these periods can vary, so it’s crucial for RTOs to stay updated with specific transition timelines for different courses. 

Q3: What are the key steps for a successful course transition in an RTO? 

A3: Key steps include: 

  • Reviewing the new package information on 
  • Deciding if adding the course to your RTO’s scope is necessary. 
  • Holding a team meeting for project planning across various departments. 
  • Implementing the transition by identifying students needing to shift, communicating the process, and enrolling them in new courses. 
  • Maintaining thorough documentation and record-keeping throughout. 

Q4: How should RTOs prepare for the changing landscape of vocational training in 2024? 

A4: RTOs need to stay vigilant about ongoing changes in training packages and industry requirements. The focus on digitalization and new training methodologies means that RTOs must adapt to evolving educational technologies and teaching methods. 

Q5: Is there a tool available to help RTOs manage these transitions? 

A5: Yes, to assist RTOs, we are offering a Free Transition Checklist. This resource is designed to help manage the transition process efficiently and ensure that all critical aspects are covered. It’s a valuable tool for RTOs to stay organized and compliant. 

Q6: Where can I access the Free Transition Checklist? 

A6: You can access the Free Transition Checklist [here]. This checklist is a practical resource to help guide you through each step of the transition process. 


The information presented on the VET Resources blog is for general guidance only. While we strive for accuracy, we cannot guarantee the completeness or timeliness of the information. VET Resources is not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the results obtained from the use of this information. Always consult a professional for advice tailored to your circumstances.

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